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LIVE | Singapore SVNS: Unbeaten Blitzboks book quarter-final berth, SA Women beat Spain to finish ninth

The Blitzboks get off to a good start in Singapore with two out of two

The Blitzboks defeated the Samoan team 15-10 to take the fast track to the quarter-finals of the Singapore Sevens with one more match in the group remaining.

Having beaten Spain in their first Group B match, South Africa found themselves in a tense affair with Samoa that looked set to go down to the wire.

The Blitzboks used phase play to try to wear down the Samoans early on, but the latter showed they would be no pushover in this match in an early battle for territory rather than goal-free Sevens rugby.

It was Samoa who drew first blood after a patient build-up to phase play to test the Blitzboks’ resolve on their own half, with Uaina Tui Stone trotting out after finding the breakthrough in SA’s defence.

The Blitzboks retaliated soon after with a try from Quewin Nortje, who opted for pace rather than patience, and the teams raced into the break with a try each and little else separating them.

The South Africans scored early in the second half after Selvyn Davids broke through following a nice line-out interaction in the Samoa 22, his handling more polished than his opponents.

The Samoans, who struggled to find their way back to the South African 22 since their first-half attempt, conceded a penalty in the face of the South Africans’ suffocating defence.

The Blitzboks opted for a tap-and-go from where they made hay in Samoa’s red zone, with a third try from Shilton van Wyk as they managed to break the deadlock.

As the seconds ticked by, the Blitzboks defense held firm until Samoa took advantage of the width of the field to send Daniel Patelesio to the try line, but he arrived too late.

With their second consecutive victory, the Blitzboks made another good start to the tournament, with France awaiting them on Saturday (08:24 SA time) in their final Group B match to decide who finishes at the top of the standings.

France has also achieved two victories in two games in Group B.

Scorers:

Blitzboks 15 (5)

Attempts: Quewin Nortje, Selvyn Davids, Shilton van Wyk

Samoa 10 (5)

Test: Uaina Tui Stone